Thornton, Blue Jays 2-hit slumping Red Sox in 8-0 win

TORONTO (AP) Boston veteran Mitch Moreland said it's been ''a tough couple of days'' for the Red Sox offense. Doesn't get much more rugged than this.

Trent Thornton and three others combined on a two-hitter, Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 8-0 Wednesday night.

''It's never fun when you're not winning,'' Moreland said. ''We've got to start over tomorrow and get back on track.''

The slumping Red Sox were shut out for the sixth time and have lost five straight. They had just four baserunners, and none advanced past second base.

''We're not controlling the strike zone right now,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''Today was fastballs up, breaking balls down. We didn't make an adjustment, we didn't get on top of the fastball, we swung and missed at the breaking ball and it was an easy game for the pitching staff.''

Thornton (5-9) followed an opener with five hitless innings, walking one and striking out seven in his first career relief appearance.

''He mixed it up,'' Moreland said. ''He was throwing everything for strikes, both sides of the pate, elevated his heater. He threw a good game, or half a game.''

Thornton is the second pitcher in Blue Jays history to pitch five hitless innings of relief. Right-hander Roy Lee Jackson did it against Minnesota on Sept. 28, 1982.

Thornton said Toronto teammate and former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz taught him a new curveball grip earlier this week, and he put it to good use against Boston.

''I was throwing it in my last side (session) and it just kind of clicked,'' Thornton said. ''I brought it into the game and that was probably the most effective my curveball has been all year.''

Thornton leads all AL rookies with 134 strikeouts.

''The main thing was he was throwing strike one,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''He was ahead in the count for most of his five innings.''

Blue Jays opener Wilmer Font allowed a hit during the first two innings, and Jason Adam and Ryan Tepera finished with an inning apiece as Toronto blanked an opponent for the seventh time.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three RBIs and Cavan Biggio had two hits and scored twice as the Blue Jays won their second straight following a season-long seven game losing streak.

Rafael Devers and Brock Holt each had singles for the Red Sox, who were blanked for the second time in three games. Boston also failed to get an extra-base hit, ending a 159-game streak that was the fourth longest in baseball history.

Toronto first baseman Brandon Drury made a diving play on Devers' hard grounder down the line in the ninth, throwing to second to force out Chris Owings.

The defending World Series champions have endured a rough stretch in which president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was fired and a three-year run of AL East titles came to an end.

''We didn't expect to be in this situation,'' Cora said. ''The effort is there, but the results are not. Obviously everybody is disappointed in what's going on.''

Held hitless through the first three innings, the Blue Jays scored twice in the fourth against right-hander Trevor Kelley (0-1). Biggio reached on a bloop double and stole third before scoring on Guerrero's sacrifice fly. Tellez followed with a drive to right, his 19th and seventh in 11 games against the Red Sox. Tellez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in Toronto's 4-3 win Tuesday.

Toronto scored six more in a bat-around fifth against a trio of relievers, with six of seven batters getting hits at one stretch. Guerrero hit a two-run single off Ryan Weber, Randal Grichuk hit a two-run double off Travis Lakins, and Hernandez capped it with a drive to left, his 22nd, also off Lakins

Left-hander Bobby Poyner opened for the Red Sox, the first start of his big league career and just his fourth as a professional. Poyner struck out two in two perfect innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (left wrist) threw a 20-pitch bullpen before the game. Price was scratched from Friday's start against the Yankees. ... RHP Heath Hembree (right elbow) also threw a bullpen session before the game. ... OF Mookie Betts got the day off.

Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left quadriceps) felt sore after running before Tuesday's game. Gurriel has been out since Aug. 9

CRIME SPREE

Biggio is 11 for 11 in stolen base attempts, the most successful streak to begin a career in Blue Jays history. Former Blue Jays outfielder Shannon Stewart stole 10 straight to start his Toronto tenure.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.66) was pushed back a day to open Thursday's series finale. Chacin made his Boston debut as an opener against the Yankees on Sept. 6, striking out four in two scoreless innings.

Blue Jays: RHP Buchholz (1-4, 5.31) faces his former team for the first time Thursday. Buchholz went 81-61 over 206 games in 10 seasons with the Red Sox.

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  • W: T. Thornton (5-9)L: T. Kelley (0-1)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez (22), R. Tellez (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Holt RF40100010.314.380.427.8070.5
X. Bogaerts SS20000100.303.380.560.9401.0
C. Owings SS10000001.128.190.212.4020.0
R. Devers 3B40100012.314.364.563.9270.5
G. Hernandez PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Martinez DH40000022.303.380.569.949-1.0
M. Moreland 1B30000010.246.330.492.822-0.5
S. Travis 1B00000000.226.281.403.6850.0
A. Benintendi LF30000010.273.350.447.796-0.5
C. Vazquez C20000000.268.304.455.7592.0
J. Centeno C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Bradley CF30000021.222.321.413.734-1.0
M. Hernandez 2B30000010.286.320.398.718-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Bichette SS41100012.306.341.571.9111.5
    C. Biggio 2B32200100.213.350.392.7428.0
    V. Guerrero 3B31130002.274.347.452.7995.0
    R. Tellez DH41111022.223.283.443.7265.0
    R. Grichuk RF41220000.232.283.440.7236.0
    A. Alford RF00000000.125.125.125.2500.0
    T. Hernandez LF41221010.218.294.445.7387.5
    J. Davis CF40000020.162.186.221.406-1.0
    B. Drury 1B20000210.219.263.381.6451.5
    D. Jansen C41200011.208.280.361.6412.5
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Devers, J. Martinez 2 (2), J. Bradley (33)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Biggio (14), R. Grichuk (26)
      • HR - R. Tellez (19), T. Hernandez (22)
      • SF - V. Guerrero (2)
      • RBI - V. Guerrero 3 (64), R. Tellez (48), R. Grichuk 2 (66), T. Hernandez 2 (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Tellez (19), R. Grichuk 2 (30), T. Hernandez 2 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero (40), J. Davis 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Vazquez (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Biggio (11)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Devers-Moreland; Owings-Hernandez-Travis)
      • E - B. Holt (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Bichette (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Poyner2.00000207.881.637.0
      T. Kelley (L, 0-1)1.23220319.641.93-5.5
      R. Weber0.25440005.251.39-9.0
      B. Johnson0.10000006.291.920.0
      T. Lakins0.12220114.821.50-3.5
      H. Velazquez1.01002005.401.490.0
      M. Shawaryn2.00001207.271.676.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font2.01000204.261.286.0
      T. Thornton (W, 5-9)5.00001705.041.4624.5
      J. Adam1.00000004.021.213.0
      R. Tepera1.01000005.521.572.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font2.0
      T. Thornton (W, 5-9)5.0
      J. Adam1.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Weber (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Poyner 35-25, T. Kelley 36-25, R. Weber 15-9, B. Johnson 2-1, T. Lakins 11-7, H. Velazquez 23-12, M. Shawaryn 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Weber 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-1, M. Shawaryn 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Poyner 6, T. Kelley 8, R. Weber 7, B. Johnson, T. Lakins 3, H. Velazquez 5, M. Shawaryn 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 23-19, T. Thornton 75-50, J. Adam 12-6, R. Tepera 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 2-3, T. Thornton 4-4, J. Adam 1-2, R. Tepera 3-0
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, T. Thornton 16, J. Adam 3, R. Tepera 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Holt RF40100010.314.380.427.8070.5
      X. Bogaerts SS20000100.303.380.560.9401.0
      C. Owings SS10000001.128.190.212.4020.0
      R. Devers 3B40100012.314.364.563.9270.5
      G. Hernandez PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Martinez DH40000022.303.380.569.949-1.0
      M. Moreland 1B30000010.246.330.492.822-0.5
      S. Travis 1B00000000.226.281.403.6850.0
      A. Benintendi LF30000010.273.350.447.796-0.5
      C. Vazquez C20000000.268.304.455.7592.0
      J. Centeno C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Bradley CF30000021.222.321.413.734-1.0
      M. Hernandez 2B30000010.286.320.398.718-0.5
      Total300200196-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Bichette SS41100012.306.341.571.9111.5
        C. Biggio 2B32200100.213.350.392.7428.0
        V. Guerrero 3B31130002.274.347.452.7995.0
        R. Tellez DH41111022.223.283.443.7265.0
        R. Grichuk RF41220000.232.283.440.7236.0
        A. Alford RF00000000.125.125.125.2500.0
        T. Hernandez LF41221010.218.294.445.7387.5
        J. Davis CF40000020.162.186.221.406-1.0
        B. Drury 1B20000210.219.263.381.6451.5
        D. Jansen C41200011.208.280.361.6412.5
        Total36811823109-----
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Devers, J. Martinez 2 (2), J. Bradley (33)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Biggio (14), R. Grichuk (26)
          • HR - R. Tellez (19), T. Hernandez (22)
          • SF - V. Guerrero (2)
          • RBI - V. Guerrero 3 (64), R. Tellez (48), R. Grichuk 2 (66), T. Hernandez 2 (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Tellez (19), R. Grichuk 2 (30), T. Hernandez 2 (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero (40), J. Davis 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Vazquez (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Biggio (11)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Devers-Moreland; Owings-Hernandez-Travis)
          • E - B. Holt (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - B. Bichette (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Poyner2.00000207.881.637.0
          T. Kelley (L, 0-1)1.23220319.641.93-5.5
          R. Weber0.25440005.251.39-9.0
          B. Johnson0.10000006.291.920.0
          T. Lakins0.12220114.821.50-3.5
          H. Velazquez1.01002005.401.490.0
          M. Shawaryn2.00001207.271.676.0
          Total8.01188382---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Poyner2.0
          T. Kelley (L, 0-1)1.2
          R. Weber0.2
          B. Johnson0.1
          T. Lakins0.1
          H. Velazquez1.0
          M. Shawaryn2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Font2.01000204.261.286.0
          T. Thornton (W, 5-9)5.00001705.041.4624.5
          J. Adam1.00000004.021.213.0
          R. Tepera1.01000005.521.572.0
          Total9.0200190---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Font2.0
          T. Thornton (W, 5-9)5.0
          J. Adam1.0
          R. Tepera1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - R. Weber (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Poyner 35-25, T. Kelley 36-25, R. Weber 15-9, B. Johnson 2-1, T. Lakins 11-7, H. Velazquez 23-12, M. Shawaryn 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Weber 1-1, H. Velazquez 1-1, M. Shawaryn 2-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Poyner 6, T. Kelley 8, R. Weber 7, B. Johnson, T. Lakins 3, H. Velazquez 5, M. Shawaryn 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 23-19, T. Thornton 75-50, J. Adam 12-6, R. Tepera 17-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 2-3, T. Thornton 4-4, J. Adam 1-2, R. Tepera 3-0
          • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, T. Thornton 16, J. Adam 3, R. Tepera 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Hernandez homered to left center, Grichuk scored08
            Grichuk doubled to deep right, Biggio and Guerrero scored06
            Guerrero singled to left, Jansen and Bichette scored, Biggio to third, Guerrero to second04
          • 4TH INNING
            Tellez homered to right center02
            Guerrero hit sacrifice fly to left, Biggio scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Jason Adam
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Holt singled to left
            • C. Owings: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Owings reached on fielder's choice to third, Holt out at second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to first, Owings out at second
            • Gorkys Hernandez ran for Rafael Devers
            • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Trent Thornton
            • Anthony Alford in right field
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Centeno popped out to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
            • M. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Owings at shortstop
            • J. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Drury walked
            • D. Jansen: Jansen grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Drury out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Shawaryn relieved Hector Velazquez
            • Sam Travis at first base
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk lined out to left
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to catcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt flied out to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Travis Lakins
            • Juan Centeno catching
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Drury walked
            • D. Jansen: Jansen singled to left, Drury to second
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Foul, Bichette grounded into double play third to first, Drury out at third, Jansen to second
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Biggio walked
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guerrero popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Weber Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Drury flied out to deep right
            • D. Jansen: Jansen singled to shallow left
            • B. Bichette: Ball, Bichette singled to left, Jansen to second
            • C. Biggio: Biggio singled to right, Jansen to third, Bichette to second
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero singled to left, Jansen and Bichette scored, Biggio to third, Guerrero to second
            • Brian Johnson relieved Ryan Weber
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez popped out to shortstop
            • Travis Lakins relieved Brian Johnson
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk doubled to deep right, Biggio and Guerrero scored
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hernandez homered to left center, Grichuk scored
            • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Thornton Pitching:
            • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moreland flied out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Kelley Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Biggio doubled to shallow left
            • V. Guerrero: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Biggio stole third, Guerrero hit sacrifice fly to left, Biggio scored
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez homered to right center
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk singled to right
            • Ryan Weber relieved Trevor Kelley
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Grichuk to second on wild pitch, Hernandez singled to right, Grichuk to third, Hernandez to second on right fielder Holt throwing error
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Trent Thornton relieved Wilmer Font
            • M. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to center
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor Kelley relieved Bobby Poyner
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis flied out to center
            • B. Drury: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jansen struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Benintendi popped out to third
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez safe at first on shortstop Bichette throwing error
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Vazquez stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • B. Poyner Pitching:
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk flied out to deep center
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Holt flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • R. Devers: Devers singled to left
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Poyner Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bichette lined out to second
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Biggio fouled out to third
            • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Guerrero popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)